Friday, April 15, 2011

Good Eats: Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse

 Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Syracuse

In Syracuse, one of our favorite places is Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.  The food is always good and it is quite an experience, so we like to take out-of-town guests there.  Last night, we took my brother and nephew who were in the area to tour colleges.

Dinosaur BBQ started as a mobile food truck at biker events, then chose to settle in Syracuse, and just grew and grew.  Now it has its own line of BBQ sauces in the grocery stores, and has expanded to Rochester and Troy, and New York City, in Harlem to rave reviews.  A Newark, New Jersey location will open later this year.  Their cookbook is Tom's favorite, a gift from Sarah while she was going to school at SU, over 10 years ago, which is hard to believe.

If you have never been, and you like BBQ, we highly recommend going.  But go early or go late. Otherwise, you will end up waiting like these people were last night when we left.  It is always packed.

The approach to Dinosaur BBQ last summer -- it's downtown

Last summer, the weather was horrible the day we took our niece and my sister for their tour of Syracuse University. In spite of the torrential rain, thunder and lightning, Chelsea was smiling and happy when she finished her day.  To celebrate, and because we were all in need of replenishment before our drive back to the lake, we decided to see if we could get into Dinosaur BBQ. 

Smokers out back.

A plate full of messy good eats.

They are known for their ribs, brisket and pulled pork.  Their sides are good, too.  Cornbread, coleslaw, collard greens, carrot salad, or french fries, if you have room.  The portions are huge.  Don't go there unless you are hungry.  They have a good selection of beer on tap or in bottles to wash it all down.  Blues music is performed on stage. 

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